Fernandez de Cossío: one can speak of an increase in US hostility towards Cuba

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Havana, May 21 (ACN) Carlos Fernández de Cossío, director general for the United States of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ratified that, in effect, one can speak of an increase in hostility, of a state of open hostility, on the part of the government of the United States of America towards the Island, which has committed itself to taking extreme actions to put an end to the Cuban Revolution.

At a press conference held at the Foreign Ministry in Havana, the diplomat emphasized the actions of the current White House administration, according to the Granma newspaper.

Part of what the U.S. government has done is to increase its verbal aggressiveness, to use a high dose of falsehoods, of lies, but it has also been taking actions of great impact, among them the tightening of the blockade, an increase in the persecution of Cuba’s commercial transactions anywhere in the world, of the financial transactions on which our foreign trade depends, on which the functioning of our economy depends, he explained.

Fernández de Cossío explained how the negative action towards third countries has increased, as the current administration committed itself to an extreme application of the Helms-Burton Act.

This government has also taken such excessive measures as trying to prevent the arrival of the fuel required by the Cuban economy to function, and if it has not been successful, it is because of the solidity, the strength of this country, he stressed.

He pointed out that the Trump administration has proposed to reduce to a minimum official bilateral exchanges between the two countries; that cooperation, which came to exist in such sensitive issues as the application and enforcement of the law in the fight against drug trafficking, and against terrorism.

In addition, he has put as many obstacles as possible in the way of exchanges that do not depend directly on the government: academic, cultural, religious, sports and scientific-technical, and in health matters.

He has hindered the links between Cubans living on both sides of the Florida Straits by suspending air traffic and flights to various parts of Cuba, and has increased the persecution against the island’s health cooperation, Fernandez de Cossío said.

Regarding the intention to impose the opinion matrix that the blockade against the largest of the Antilles does not affect trade with third countries, the diplomat said that it is true that there are those who say that, “and it is true that there is an opinion matrix that they are trying to impose, and those who are trying to do so are deliberately lying, it is a deliberately dishonest act.

He recalled that the motivation for the application of the blockade has been written by officials of the U.S. government since the early 1960s; there was the famous memorandum by Under-Secretary of State Lester Mallory, which defines the purpose of his government to create hardship, scarcity, an unsustainable economic situation in the country in order to try to extract political concessions from Cuba.

And as if that were not enough, it is something that is written in the Helms-Burton Act, which says that the blockade is aimed at creating hardship in Cuba and depriving it of economic resources.

He pointed out that the Act clearly establishes that the blockade is not only a ban on trade between Cuba and the United States; Title I explicitly states that it is “the Government’s obligation” to try to stop and hinder Cuba’s trade relations with any part of the world, to the point that it requires the State Department to report every year to Congress on the results of compliance with that measure.

It is known that Cuba cannot import anything from the United States, nor can it acquire products from any part of the world if that part has more than 10 percent U.S. components, Fernandez de Cossío stressed.

In an economy as globalized as the current one, it is very difficult to find products that do not have up to 10 percent U.S. manufacturing, which is why anyone who claims that the economic blockade is not real, even someone who claims that it is only a ban on trade between Cuba and the United States, is someone who is deliberately acting dishonestly, he said.

The Cuban diplomat described the White House’s aggression against the island’s medical collaboration as an implausible action.

But Cuba has such a vigorous health system that not only can it attend to its own problems, but international medical collaboration is capable of providing services to millions of people around the world, Cossío said.

This is unacceptable for the United States; its purpose with this campaign is to discredit Cuba, to try to sustain the idea that it is an unviable country, and to take away the economic resources that it legitimately and clearly receives as a result of the services it provides at the international level, he said.

He pointed out that guaranteeing the inputs required by the nation to face COVID-19 has come up against the sanctions imposed by Washington, which has argued, trying to hide the barbarity, the possibility of requesting a license from the Treasury Department.

In times of emergency, Cossío said, counting on the willingness of the U.S. Treasury Department to process a license that can last months, even a year, is absurd.

They have prevented the purchase of pulmonary ventilators produced by U.S. subsidiaries, from donations from friends of the Greater Antilles, who have relied on the northern nation’s means of transportation.

Finally, the General Director of Minrex referred to the upcoming presidential elections in that country, in which the issue of Cuba has appeared particularly in southern Florida, although “it is difficult to predict what real weight it will have in the November elections, even in that state.

Surveys conducted in the United States in recent years show that, even for Cuban-American voters, the issue of the relationship with Cuba is not as substantial.

On their list of priorities, it ranks fourth or fifth; more important to them are issues related to health, employment, citizen security and housing, he added.

It is difficult to think that most Cubans would support a campaign committed to hindering relations with their relatives, which makes us think that the political machine, especially the Republican Party in Florida, does not take too much into account the criteria or opinion of Cubans, but rather uses them, Fernandez de Cossío said.

(Taken from ACN)

 

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